Continuing Certification Exam
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The Continuing Certification Exam for radiation oncology is a computer-based exam. The 200-question exam is tailored to focus on clinically relevant applications of all aspects of radiation oncology. This includes general oncology and radiation oncology, including workup, diagnosis, staging, treatment selection, treatment-planning techniques, toxicity, and outcomes as well as elements of multi-modality cancer care.
Continuing Certification Exam dates are available on the radiation oncology exam calendar.
Eligible examinees will be able to register for a Continuing Certification Exam in myABR in the Continuing Certification section. Examinees will be able to choose their exam date from upcoming exam administrations. The reporting time will be assigned to the examinee once registration is finalized. To ensure they receive all exam-related emails, examinees should confirm that their contact information is up to date.
Preparing for the RO Continuing Certification Exam
ABR exams are developed by volunteers from a wide range of practice settings and reflect the breadth of information a candidate is expected to know by the time of an exam. While we offer study guides on our website, each examinee should decide what type of resources he or she should use for our exams. Examinees who use test preparation materials developed by other organizations or commercial entities should not expect an ABR exam to completely align with these materials regarding the scope or item types on ABR exams.
To understand how exam questions are written and learn more about different types of exam questions, please see the ABR Item Writers’ Guide. For a look at the extensive QA process that each question goes through, please see the Illustrated Life Cycle of an ABR Exam Item.
The Continuing Certification Exam is designed to assess your working knowledge in the clinical practice of radiation oncology.
Included are questions regarding diseases routinely seen in the clinic and will focus on:
- Disease presentation
- Decision making
- Organs at risk
- Management of treatment-related toxicity
Clinical trial questions will be limited to general knowledge regarding standard practice or paradigm shifting evidence.
The following radiation oncology clinical topics should be expected:
- Central Nervous System
- Head and Neck
- Nonclinical skills related to clinical practice
Continuing Certification Exam Guide
For important information about exam requirements and the exam day experience, please click on the image to access the Continuing Certification Exam Guide.
Exam Readiness Check and Sample Questions
The Exam Readiness Check is available only to examinees who are currently registered for an upcoming Continuing Certification Exam. You will be sent an authenticated link to access the Exam Readiness Check 90 days prior to the exam you registered for or 24 hours after registration if it is less than 90 days prior to an exam. It can also be accessed in myABR.
We highly recommend that you complete the Exam Readiness Check in the location and with the computer you plan to use on exam day. Should it be necessary to change your location or computer before exam day, it is highly recommended that you repeat the Exam Readiness Check.
The Exam Readiness Check provides a unique opportunity for examinees to familiarize themselves with the exam interface and navigation before their exam day. Completing the Exam Readiness Check is important to fully understand the functionality of the exam interface including case navigation, flagging questions, using the image manipulation tools, starting/ending a break, and question content blocking.
When the Exam Readiness Check is launched, a quick technical verification is initiated to ensure that your microphone, camera, internet connection, and computer software are optimized for the exam. In addition, an identification check will be performed. You may need to download an updated version of Google Chrome to complete the technical verification.
After you complete the Exam Readiness Check, you will gain access to a set of Sample Questions. The purpose of these questions is not to test your knowledge of possible exam content, but rather to allow you to become familiar with the variety of possible question types. The Answer Key for the Sample Questions can be found here.
Scoring and Results
The ABR uses criterion-referenced scoring on all its computer-based exams. To learn more about this method and how it differs from norm-referenced scoring, please visit our Exam Scoring Model page.
The pass/fail results for the Continuing Certification Exam are posted in each examinees myABR account approximately six weeks after the exam. Examinees will receive an email when results have been posted.
Exam Scoring Progress
Exam results are posted in each candidate’s myABR account approximately six weeks after the exam. Candidates will receive an email when exam results have been posted. After your exam administration, a progress bar will appear here displaying the current phase of the scoring process for that exam. The RO Continuing Certification Exam is not currently being scored.
All ABR computer-based exam results go through the following six phases before results are posted. For more information about the exam scoring process, please see this video from ABR Executive Director Brent Wagner.
Phase 1: Collect
- Upload candidate responses to scoring system.
- Confirm that all candidate responses are in the scoring system.
Phase 2: Initial Scoring
- Execute initial computerized scoring routine.
- Psychometric staff manually analyze scoring routine output to ensure and confirm accuracy.
Phase 3: Quality Assurance
- Psychometric staff identify poor performing questions using industry-standard best practices.
- Poor performing questions are then sent to ABR volunteer subject matter experts for review.
- Based on these analyses, some questions may be eliminated from scoring to ensure fairness.
Phase 4: Secondary Scoring
- After eliminating poor performing questions, re-execute computerized scoring routine to recalculate scores.
- Psychometric staff manually analyze new scoring routine output to ensure and confirm accuracy of final exam results.
Phase 5: Validation
- Validate that exam results and feedback are correctly displayed in myABR for each candidate.
Phase 6: Release Results
- Post results to myABR and notify candidates.
When can I take the CCE?
You can take the CCE during year four or five of your five-year Part 3 cycle.
How do I register for the CCE?
Registration for the exam is completed through myABR.
How long is the CCE?
Please see the Exam Breakdown and Timing page for exam details.
What format is the CCE?
The CCE is a computer-based exam.
Where is the CCE administered?
The exam is administered remotely at a location of your choice.
Can I take the CCE instead of answering OLA questions?
Yes, you can take the exam instead of answering OLA questions.
What are “Noninterpretive Skills/Essentials” modules?
Noninterpretive Skills Study Guide
How do I prepare for the CCE?
Review the study guide. You will also have the opportunity to complete the Exam Readiness Check after you register for the CCE.
Are there sample questions for the CCE?
Yes. After you complete the Exam Readiness Check, you will gain access to a set of sample questions.
What is the Exam Readiness Check?
The Exam Readiness Check provides an opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with the exam interface and navigation before exam day.
When do I complete the Exam Readiness Check?
You will be sent an authenticated link to access the Exam Readiness Check 90 days before your exam or 24 hours after registration if it is less than 90 days until your exam.
What is the importance of the Exam Readiness Check?
In addition to familiarizing you with the exam interface and navigation, there is also a technical verification that ensures your microphone, camera, internet connection, and computer software are optimized for the exam.
How many times can I take the CCE?
You may take the exam as many times as the exam is offered in years four and five of your five-year Part 3 cycle.
What happens if I fail the CCE?
The exam can be taken as many times as it is administered in years four and five of your five-year Part 3 cycle.
What happens if I choose not to take the CCE and don’t meet the OLA requirement?
Not passing the CCE exam and not meeting the OLA requirement will result in the loss of certification.
How long does it take to receive my CCE results?
CCE results are posted approximately six weeks after the exam.